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Mystery service number


mtaylor
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I recently acquired a button stick with broad arrow mark and 1918 date. It is stamped 961853 BD or more acurately 96 18 53 B D. Can anyone sugest an attribution? Bedfordshire? Border? I tried searching Ancestry using what appears to be the service number without success.

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Possibly patent number with makers initials, however the number (albeit without the spacing) was part of the renumbering block 960001-965000 which was allocated to the 2nd London Divisions 7th Bde RFA (TF). Re searching for numbers on MICS - If a man saw no overseas service he would have no medal entitlement and so no MIC

jon

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Jon - thanks for that. I've noticed on Ancestry that service numbers starting 9618** seem to all be RFA so 7th Bde is likely. I'm sure that the stamped numbers are a service number as I've seen several similar ones. I suspect that 'BD' is the owner's name. Thanks also for the reminder about no overseas service = no medals - that had slipped my mind. Doh! And of course a 1918 button stick may not have been issued for some years after manufacture.

Mike

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